In times of coronavirus and confinement, you must continue to go and donate your blood. The French Blood Establishment needs it more than ever.
How to donate blood during a coronavirus period? Almost as usual. Daily, the French Blood Establishment renews the request, for particularly numerous patients. The Director General of Health spoke on the issue on March 18: “The blood collection must absolutely continue, it is vital, every day, for very many patients, including patients in intensive care“.The platelet and red blood cell stocks are at an all-time low, hospitals desperately need to renew supplies. Since the start of confinement, blood donations have never been so low.
If you are affected, or have symptoms of Covid-19, it is not recommended to go to a blood center. In any case, if you have the slightest flu condition, your entry will be refused. But it is especially the displacement that would be problematic. Because it is important to note that the virus is not present in the blood, with the exception of some very serious forms. So there is no need to worry: am I a healthy carrier? Could donating my blood contaminate recipients? The answer is no. If your physical condition allows it, go and make this donation. The real risk is not to transmit the virus, but to run out of blood products to fight this health crisis.
The conditions remain the same as usual: you must be between 18 and 70 years old, weigh at least 50 kg, answer the questionnaire before donating. Being pregnant prevents you from donating blood, same as if you have been in contact with someone affected by a contagious disease for less than 15 days.
Obviously, giving blood requires moving around. But for this reason, going out is allowed. On the certificate of derogatory displacement, you will be able to indicate “on the grounds of assistance to vulnerable people“or bring a summons from the center. On the spot, the barrier gestures are applied with distancing measures, very regular disinfection of the equipment, etc. At the moment, 112 collection points are made available, but before you go, better make an appointment on the dedicated site.